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Walking routes in North York Moors under 4 miles

Posted on 8th August 2017 by CE Team

There is no better way to take in the fresh country air when you’re staying in one of our Whitby cottages, than on a few of the many walking routes in North York Moors. If you’re looking for walking things to do in North Yorkshire, but without the major exertion of long walks, here are a few walking routes in North York Moors that are all under 4 miles long.

White Horse Walk, Sutton Bank


If you are staying in one of our North Yorkshire cottages, the Sutton Bank National Park Centre is on the south-western edge of the Moors, and just an hour’s drive from Whitby. Starting and finishing in the park centre, this is a great starter walk. At just three miles in length it enjoys some fabulous views as you bypass the White Horse cut into the hillside, before dropping down into woodland. With a refreshments area and toilets it makes an ideal first walk for those whose exercise regime is a little rusty.

Danby Castle, Danby


If you’re staying in one of our North York Moors cottages, Danby Castle is just a 30 minute drive west of Whitby. There is plenty for all the family to enjoy on one of the easiest, most picturesque walking routes in the North York Moors. A circular walk of just two miles, stop off at Duck Bridge, before a leisurely stroll back to break out the picnic or visit the cafeteria, before enjoying the other activities going on at Danby Castle.

Clay Bank and Greenhow Plantation Walk


For those interested in conservation, this three mile circular walk takes you through the Forestry Commission Greenhow Plantation, where they are working to reclaim the woodland back from pines to native species such as willow, birch, oak and alder. An easy interesting walk but beware, the nearest refreshment and toilet facilities are at Chop Gate, three miles down the road.

May Beck and Falling Floss walk


If you prefer real old English woodland, sparkling waterfalls and babbling brooks, the May Beck and Falling Floss walk is right up your street. An easy two mile ramble, this walk starts and finishes at the May Beck car park. Take in the old hermitage, and round off your stroll with refreshments in the beautiful tea garden.

Lord Stones, Cringle Moor Walk


Starting and finishing at the privately owned Lord Stones Country Park, this walk of just under three miles, takes you along the invigorating Cringle Moor. There is fabulous panoramic scenery across Cleveland to enjoy, and views of Cook’s Monument and Roseberry Topping. On your return to the park you can take in the ancient stone, enjoy some light refreshment in the cafe/restaurant, and top up supplies for your self-catering North York Moors cottage.

Mallyan Spout and Beck Hole walk


Situated at the attractive village of Goathland, this walk is just a 20 minute drive out of Whitby. Starting and finishing at Goathland car park, it is another quiet and tranquil three mile ramble for those with a love of woodland walks. With its waterfalls, busy brooks, woodland birdlife and tranquil setting, it has something for the whole family to enjoy. With refreshment areas at both Beck Hole and Goathland’s car park, you can spend as much time as you need to enjoy this beautiful area.

Terrington Walk


If you are staying in one of our North York Moors cottages, this 2.5 mile walk, starting and ending in Terrington village is on the southern edge of the moors. With views across farmland and hedgerows, on a good day you can pick out various landmarks around the Humber Estuary and York City. There are conveniences in the car park and refreshments available in Terrington village.

There are so many great things to do in North Yorkshire. From the young to senior citizens, families with buggies to the disabled, no matter what your age or ability, there are hundreds of walks in and around the North York Moors, which have been especially designed with you in mind. All provided for you to enjoy the best views of this stunning area of old England.